The Syrian Conflict: A Systems Conflict Analysis

February 2016 | ARK Group DMCC

ARK’s Conflict Analysis report represents the first-ever attempt to understand the Syrian crisis through the lens of systems conflict analysis.

This report offers a fresh perspective on conflict dynamics in Syria, with a focus on understanding key drivers of conflict, the relationships and dynamics between those conflict drivers, and their interactions with particular stakeholders, which are also analyzed in more detail in the report.

Such a systems perspective on the Syrian conflict provides a unique way to support discussions around potential leverage points for change and entry points for engagement.


CDA’s Anita Ernstorfer moderated the initial collaborative workshop that began this project in June 2015 and produced the first draft of the report.


Suggested Citation: ARK Group DMCC. The Syrian conflict: A systems conflict analysis. ARK, 2016.

From the analysis

A Systems View of National Conflict Dynamic in Syria